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[livejournal.com profile] fub's choices
Luck: Many of my friends have described me as a lucky man. Not only am I lucky to be alive, but I once won ten coinflips in a row to win a game of Magic that I otherwise could not have possibly won (the coinflip minotaur from Coldsnap).

Convictions: Many of my friends would also describe me as someone who knows who they are. As such, you're likely not to get me to budge on any of the stances I already have. That being said, I'm always open for listening.

Plans for the Future: Sun Tzu once said that the general who fails to plan has already lost the battle. I plan to be a history teacher in Arkansas, but beyond that I am not sure. Nonetheless, I have begun to prepare myself through my scheduling and financial habits for my teaching days.

Collecting: I collect items that interest me. So it's a hodgepodge of stuff. I used to collect Magic cards and anime, but those habits are a little pricey for an aspiring history teacher.

Movies: I wish I could watch more. My favorite movie of all time is Princess Bride, though I am partial to the Episodes V-VI and other science fiction movies. Oddly enough, my favorite non-science fiction movie is Memento. Something about that movie struck a chord with me. Also great line of "Why am I chasing this guy? Wait...he's chasing me!"


[livejournal.com profile] alexmegami's choices
Cooking: Well, I've always said I'd never get married, so I'd better learn how to cook well for myself. And it's more alimentary friendly as well!

Calling: It's tough to explain, but I feel "called" to teach. There's no rational reasoning, it's purely a feeling.

Chekhov: I didn't watch too much of the original, but the new Chekov is awesome. I use him for cheerful "I can do that!" posts or when thinking about a complicated problem.

Confidence: When it comes to myself and the logical side of things, I'm supremely confident. When it comes to others and emotional side of things, I'm not very confident at all.

Child: I'm the youngest of two in my family, but I'm the only son. My dad was the third-to-last child in his family and my mom was the next-to-last. So I'm on the younger side of this generation of both my immediate and extended families. I grew up as a spoiled brat, as I did not clean after myself all and my mom and dad just did the cleaning for me. As I've matured, I realized that I needed to take responsibility and make decisions for myself. But worry not, for I will always be a curious child at heart!
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[livejournal.com profile] atdt1991's choices:

Black Lotus: I use the picture for the most expensive card for Magic: The Gathering when I talk about the game. Also useful when referring to the black lotus of the Odyssey.

Firestarter: Living in a superconservative area like Northwest Arkansas means that it's difficult to find people who can discuss different perspectives. LiveJournal has the opposite demographic of the area I live in, so I figure it's the best place to go to ask about certain topics. And I find that most people are civil even over controversial issues as long as you frame the issue properly.

Conservative: I'm a registered Republican. I interned one summer for Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), one of the top five most conservative senators in the U.S. Senate. I attend a Southern Baptist Church. Need I say more?

Potato: Uh, I started doing a cooking series recently and potatoes came up. Potatoes are very popular. I get tired of fried potatoes so I'm always looking for ways to change things up. In this day and age of the Internet, it's simple to find a recipe. However, it's harder to find people who have experience with that particular recipe. That's where LiveJournal comes to the rescue!

God: I believe.


[livejournal.com profile] exrandu's choices
Education: Well, I've been fortunate in that I've had a lot of great teachers throughout my time in school. I hope to be an excellent educator myself one day.

Damnation: I'm pretty sure I'm doomed to fire and brimstone.

History: Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who study history are doomed to watch it repeat.

Philosophy: I've heard it said that philosophy is a road that leads to nowhere. I guess that's also why I've heard it said that the journey is more important than the destination.

Alchemy: My favorite book is Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. It's an amazing book. I've also been called an alchemist in real life for my ability to charm people. Apparently I tend to make people laugh a lot with little effort.


[livejournal.com profile] kisekinotenshi's choices
Teaching: Teaching and learning are related. I've been inspired by many teachers in my life, and the one who has had the most effect is my senior AP English teacher from high school. Back then, I was not very confident in my writing and had trouble coming up with the right words. The slavedriver (that's what we nicknamed her) worked with me a lot and by the end of that class I had learned most of the tricks to become the writer I am now. That's how I want to be remembered by my students: The hardball who actually taught.

Geekery: Both my parents worked, leaving me to surf the Internet hours on end during the summer. So I did, and learned many geeky things. Also, I was one of the kids who sat outside during lunch because I didn't really fit in with any of the crowds. Turns out the rest of the group played MMORPG's, Magic: The Gathering, D&D and/or watched Star Wars, Star Trek, anime...

Anime: Robotech was my first anime and holds a special place in my heart, as I am a big fan of science fiction/mecha series. The best anime that few people have ever seen is Legend of the Galactic Heroes. LOGH was written by a historian and it shows in a four season, 110 episode arc. Many of my icons come from my favorite series, including Kare Kano, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Record of Lodoss War, Slayers, and Read or Die.

Intelligence: I scored 120 on an IQ test one time, but my education classes have taught me there are several kinds of intelligence. Also, intelligence merely represents capacity. You still have to make use of it.

Star Trek: I grew up on The Next Generation. Data's my favorite character, and being a kid I actually kinda liked Wesley Crusher on the series. I liked the time loop episode, and I also liked the one episode where Wesley comes back from the Academy and they investigate an accident that took place. Eventually, I managed to catch episodes on the Internet and made sense of DS9 and Voyager.
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This is from The Simpsons episode "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds", when Mr. Burns breaks out into song. I plan on using this icon whenever I get some frivolous clothing or when commenting on animal rights.


A scene from the anime The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi. It was an interesting anime because they purposely aired the episodes out of order. I love the character designs from this anime. Here, the main character Haruhi is licking the cute maid character Mikuru. I use this icon when I'm being completely silly or when I want to make an annoying comment.


Taken from a TV blog website. They don't like reality shows. I don't either, for the most part, and yet I can't help but watch them sometimes. I plan to use this icon when talking about reality shows...or reality.


Jayne of Firefly fame. Who doesn't love the Hero of Canton? This pic of Adam Baldwin wearing an orange cap cracks me up. I'll probably use this when discussing some kind of "c'mon man" or "I need to go to my bunk" moment.


My sister loves American Idol, so I'll watch the show from time to time or catch some performances on YouTube. Season Six saw Jordin Sparks win with a jaw dropping rendition of "I Who Have Nothing". But the most memorable contestant that season was Sanjaya Malakar. He had a decent voice but not a spectacular won so he went for entertainment factor. His rendition of "You Really Got Me" pushed him to fame (thanks to this odd crying girl in the audience), and I think he actually did the best job one week with "Besame Mucho". But nothing will ever match the sheer entertainment value of his rendition of "Bathwater" and the infamous ponyhawk. I mean, dude, he's singing on national television, with a ponyhawk!

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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] theferrett.

One question.

One chance (well, I'm sure they'll be more down the road).

One honest answer.

That's all you get.

You get to ask me one question.

If it's something that I'll most likely answer "I honestly don't want to answer that in public", you can ask me the question in an email to my Gmail account on my user info.

Give me your best shot! I'm editing a photo album DVD for my sister's wedding today.
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[livejournal.com profile] renough made this one as well. I'm a big fan of the Japanese version of Iron Chef (Iron Chef America is only okay IMHO), and I'm a big fan of Mario. I've always thought that Metal Mario from Mario 64 would make a great Iron Chef, so I made him the Supreme Iron Chef. I use this icon mostly for cooking related posts, but sometimes I'll use it in a introductory comment since it is so awesome.


I actually explained most of this one in the previous post, but to further expound I chose to use the White House as the background since it is the symbol of America's power. Also, (cue up some NBC music) did you know that using the White House to symbolize the Executive Branch is an example of a figure of speech known as metonymy?


This is the card Blind Seer from Magic: The Gathering. He's not that powerful of a card, although he was very useful during Invasion Limited. He's secretly Urza in disguise. I use this icon when I make some sort of prediction, like the prophet Tiresias from Oedipus Rex.


One day I challenged some people to make some "D2" LJ icons and I got two nice ones. Ironically, both of the people who made those icons are no longer LJ friends with me, but I figure there's no reason to delete good work just because of some LJ drama (I was a much more acrimonious person in my younger LJ days). I use this one intermittently with my other D2 icons when I have no particular icon for a post and don't want to use my default.


I made a set of avatars from the character creator of Gaia Online. I thought of Angels/Demons, or Angemons as I call them (I probably got it from a game, I can't remember which one at the current time). This one is the "benevolent dictator" icon, and it's often used when I need to lay some smack down on my own journal. Oh, I haven't written any contentious posts yet but it'll come soon enough.

Icon glee!

Apr. 7th, 2009 10:37 am
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1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


[livejournal.com profile] das_hydra chose:


[livejournal.com profile] renough, a friend I met in college, made me this one at my request. This is the bard from Final Fantasy IV, my favorite in the series. I use this for musically related posts or if I'm in a musical mood.


[livejournal.com profile] renough also made this one. This is my standard political icon, although it's used a bit facetiously as I do believe your vote counts. But sometimes it doesn't seem that way with all of the backroom dealing in Washington.


I play the card game Magic: The Gathering and Black Lotus is the most expensive card ever. It's from the very first set, Alpha, and it does something completely bonkers even back then. I use it when conversing about MTG.


I'm really good at foosball. Like, I got so good that I could beat my friends just using one hand. I rarely use this one, and if I do it'd be about a sports related post.


I found this image on Cute Overload and modified it specifically for this post I made about a hedgehog's dilemma. Mostly used when I think someone should look in the mirror.
greybeta: (Odd Eyes Reuental)
1. What is your favorite piano piece to play?
My piano skills have deteriorated due to lack of practice, but I can still play a decent version of "Where Do I Begin", the theme from Love Story.

2. You've said elsewhere that you keep in mind that your friends/family could/do read your LJ. Have you posted anything that worried you to post, but did it anyway? Why?
I once posted a story of how my mom only had a dime in her purse when my one and only sibling, my older sister, was born. My sister emailed me to say that was a bit too personal to be posting freely on the Internet, but I said I didn't mind. However, I now hardly ever post about my family to err on the side of caution.

3. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I loved dressing up as a Ninja Turtle for Halloween. Of course, the nerdy Donatello was my favorite character. I also know the works of a few Renaissance artists thanks to this series!

4. Do you do more computer gaming or RPing? Which would you prefer to do more of?
I guess computer gaming, but I actually do more console gaming nowadays then anything else. I used to play a lot of WarCraft II and StarCraft in high school. I'd RP more but I usually work on weekends, and finding a good group that I'm comfortable with is difficult for an anti-social person like me.

5. What's your favorite obscure TV show?
Legend of the Galactic Heroes, aka Ginga Eiyū Densetsu. It's a 110 episode series based on a series of science fiction series by Yoshiki Tanaka. The story details the closing years of a long war between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. Each side has a rising star, Reinhardt von Lohengramm for the Empire and Yang Wen-Li for the Alliance. The characterization of the main characters is deep and even supporting characters get quite a bit of exposition. It's the kind of series you will pick up on things the third or fourth time through.

It's probably too talky to become very popular, but all those conversations establish an astute comparison of autocracy vs. democracy. The space battles are epic and often taken from real historical battles. What I love about this series is that it has two episodes of what I call "History Channel episodes". Between major arcs, a History Channel episode details how mankind left the earth and the politics of those governing mankind. The tone of these episodes is exactly how a historian would do it, which is due to the fact that Tanaka studied history before becoming a writer.
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1. So, what's the best anime you saw in the past three years?
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Yeah, it was rather cheesy in some parts, but it's the kind of cheese I eat up. Also, the rap opera version of "Row, row, fight the power!" is an amazing representation of the series and plays at a perfect moment.

2. What one thing (be it song, anime, TV show, movie) of the past (no younger than five years) do you find yourself returning to?
I had a bit of trouble understanding this question, but I think you're asking me what media I keep coming back to...I'll admit to watching American Idol. Sometimes, I just don't wanna have to think.

3. Have you ever tried to get into a TV quiz show to try and win some big prize with your knowledge of trivia?
I tried the online Jeopardy test once but I didn't do well. My problem is I have particular subsets of trivia knowledge and if I want to make it on there I would have to diversify my trivia base. Speaking of which, maybe I should go about doing that...

4. What one invention would you like to be made within the next six months? Why?
A device that could type what I'm thinking. We think faster than we can move, so I imagine we could get a lot more done. The problem, of course, would be filtering out incessant amounts of noise.

5. As a student of history, is there any event that you would wish to change? What would the repercussions of that change be?
My standard answer to these types of questions is to change nothing because of chaos theory. However, if there was something I could change, I would go back and change the thinking of the State Department with regards to the Communist bloc. Back in the 60's and 70's, the "experts" at the State Department believed that the Communists were one united bloc. It took America a long time to ascertain that was patently false. We could have prevented many tragedies if we had realized that sooner. Also, I would probably be in Vietnam instead of America.

On a related note, the Bush administration portrayed the war on terror as America versus a united enemy. In thirty years, we'll most likely find out that we misunderstood (perhaps even purposely). Yes, there are Iraqi and Afghan insurgents, but each has their own agenda. I have a personal bias against Hillary Clinton, but I'm hoping she understands the real picture and uses her talents to address America's declining global reputation.
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1. How much of your real name are you comfortable posting on the internet, and why?
Daniel K. Tu. I don't have much to hide, so I'm pretty comfortable putting it out there. If someone wants to steal my identity, they'll find out that I'm a poor person because I'm going to be a history teacher.

2. If you could recommend one author or series to me, which would it be?
On my Facebook, I only list one book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. It's a wonderfully written book about a boy realizing his Personal Legend. I read it in three hours and it changed my life.

3. If I were to offer to knit you something, what would you ask for?
Hmmmm, I'm the type of person who'd be afraid to wear something someone knitted for me in fear of losing it or getting it dirty. I'd go for a scarf, I suppose, since it's something I'd need only once or twice a year in Arkansas.

4. What shoe size are you/what kind of shoes do you prefer to wear?
I'm a size 10 and I prefer wearing slip ons. Nothing like saving thirty seconds every morning by forgoing shoelaces. In warmer weather I'm fond of these Adidas sandals.

5. What is a food that makes you nostalgic?
Most recently, I had baby duck eggs with family in the days before my sister's wedding. I'm pretty sure I had not eaten some in ten years and it took me way back. Also, having grown up in a Baptist church, a great casserole can bring tears to my eyes.
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001. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
002. I will respond by asking you ANY five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
003. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
004. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
005. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

[livejournal.com profile] sparkfrost asked me the following questions:

1. How did you choose your username?
When I was in high school, StarCraft came out and all of my friends wanted to play online on blizzard.net. I needed a handle and decided to use my favorite color, grey, in it. Beta comes from the fact that at the time I was interested in beta testing games. So "GreyBeta" kinda means a morally ambiguous person who is constantly fixing the bugs in his internal code.

2. What is your most vivid memory from childhood?
Winning a school geography bee as a fourth grader. I managed to correctly answer "Czechoslavakia" in the final round, and it was at that point I began realizing I might have an eidetic memory.

3. What superpower would you choose?
Emotion reading. I'm good at reading minds, but not reading hearts.

4. Have you ever been in love? Describe.
Nope. I have never been in a serious relationship. Part of it is that my parents are supposed to arrange my marriage, though nowadays that is a less likely option for various reasons. Part of it is that I'm a very particular person and I'm willing to wait.

5. What do you do offline?
Eat. Sleep. Clean. Cook. Play the piano. Sell electronics at Sears. Watch sports and various TV shows.

LJ meme

Mar. 20th, 2009 04:27 am
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How did you come to start your LJ?
When I was playing a lot of Magic: The Gathering, [livejournal.com profile] theferrett linked to one of his essays, whereupon I discovered his LJ. I joined to comment.

How did you find your first friends?
I had some real life friends I wanted to keep track of, and some people added me after seeing my comments. Also [livejournal.com profile] theferrett had a friending frenzy one time which pushed me over twenty friends.

Are those first friends still on your FL?
Nope, I managed to scare some of them away.

How long have you been on LJ?
Since July of 2004.

Do you have more friends or communities on your FL?
Friends, I don't actively seek out too many communities.

Do you do a lot of friends cuts?
I usually don't cut on my own, but I will cut if cut most of the time. Journals change over time so it happens.

What do you like in an LJ friend?
People who write well and use good grammar. People who have a passion for what they write. Also, people who comment on my entries. :)

What do you dislike?
If I dislike them I'll cut them.

What would make you un-friend someone immediately?
Ummm...I guess making a personal threat to me or something...

Have you been caught up in a lot of LJ drama?
Not really. Don't get involved in battles you don't have to.

Do RL friends and family members know you have a journal on LJ?
Yes, and I keep this mind in everything I write.

Do you also have Facebook and if so, what do you prefer – LJ or FB?
I use Facebook as a social networking tool, LJ is more of my reading list. They both have strengths and weaknesses that depend on the situation.

What about Twitter?
Trying my best to avoid another addiction.

Do you blog on any other sites?
Used to keep up with Xanga but most of my peeps there have moved on to Facebook.

How often do you check in on LJ?
Two or three times a day.

What do you rarely or never post about?
You won't find too many mentions of the sordid details of my life.

Have you ever thought about deleting your journal?
I'm actually thinking about that now when I officially become a teacher. I suppose I'll have friends-lock all of my past entries at that point.

Have you ever changed your username?
No.

Why did you choose your current username?
GreyBeta was the name I used playing StarCraft on blizzard.net. Grey is my favorite color and I think of Beta like "beta testing", as in I'm always fixing bad code in my internal systems. Alternatively, I'm more of a number two than a number one, so I'm a Beta and not an Alpha.

If you’re looking for new friends, how do you find them?
Typically, I'll see an interesting post linked by one of my current friends and I'll add a new friend for awhile to check it out.

Are you taking new people on to your Friends List just now?
Yes.

Finally, tell us the reasons why you keep an online journal.
LJ's communities do a good job of aggregating newsposts and webcomics in a readily commentable format. I can keep track of digital and analog friends. Every once in awhile, I write an inspired post.
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This meme has been out for awhile but I've been busy preparing for my sister's wedding. Anyways, here's a list of 25 things about me for the insanely curious...

1. If I’ve tagged you, it’s for a reason other than having you actually replicate this.

2. The nickname most people call me is “D2”. No, I have not dressed up as R2-D2 for Halloween.

3. Eventually, I’m going to teach history somewhere in Arkansas. If I’m lucky, I’ll end up teaching American Government AP or American History AP. I’m going to be an exceedingly harsh teacher with regards to grammar. You know how there are Grammar Nazis? I’m going to be the Grammar Führer.

4. In private conversations I’m usually fairly awkward and quiet. I am terrible at making small talk thanks to my anti-social tendencies. Surprisingly, my public speaking skills are above average. I attribute this to doing extemporaneous speaking for my high school speech team at the behest of the friend I’ve known since kindergarten.

5. For six years of my life, I studied piano. I love piano music for this reason, even if I never practiced my scale drills enough. I became a technically excellent player with regards to music theory and reading notes, but I lack emotion when I play. I play notes, but I don’t play music.

6. I chose electrical engineering as my first major in college because I am great with math. It sounds odd for an aspiring history teacher to say that, but I could totally factor expressions in my head for MATH Counts in junior high. Also, I won a state calculus competition the senior year of high school.

7. My senior year of high school, my Quiz Bowl coach chose me to be the varsity captain despite the fact that I did not want to do it. Looking back, I thank him for it because it challenged me to take on a leadership role. I won Regional MVP that year and led us to the first of six consecutive Regional Science Bowls.

8. Having taken a bunch of personality tests, I have determined that I am a cross between an INTJ and an ENTJ. Indeed, I am quite the Mastermind Field Marshal.

9. I’m the tallest member of my family. I always say it comes from my habit of eating cereal and milk for breakfast.

10. In my junior year of high school, my friends convinced me to try out for the musical “Oklahoma”. This is how I became known as the “Asian Farmer” or “Asian Cowboy”. They even gave me a line, “I’ll give you eighteen dollars for that gun.” I said that in the most broken English I could muster to the delight of many.

11. At one point in my life, I knew all the world capitals. I studied them for Geography Bees in grade school then kept up with them for Quiz Bowl in high school. I don’t remember them as much now but I do happen to know where a lot of major cities are in the world.

12. I am a walking repository of random quotes, idioms and fables. Proverbial statements stick with me, and they’re useful conversation pieces.

13. Undoubtedly, I am a nerd. I like science fiction, anime, comics, Magic: The Gathering, D&D, etc…

14. I don’t drink or smoke. I don’t drink because the people who named me taught me that one can enjoy life without alcohol. I don’t smoke because I had asthma when I was younger.

15. I don’t drink coffee. I’m beginning to think that I should start.

16. I’m a pragmatist when it comes to politics. Democrat or Republican, our government will always buckle under its own weight.

17. I'm someone who struggles with my faith. I respect a lot of Christian traditions but I don't think I can ever admit that Jesus is the one and only way to heaven. I incorporate a lot of Buddhist ideals in my thinking but there's room for rational thought. I believe in the power of prayer but I avoid praying too much because I know I must answer if I hear something from the other side.

18. I love sports. Part of it is my love for gaming, but another part of it is the simple aesthetics of athletic competition. Few people can understand the nuances of moving a pawn, but many people can understand the implication of a thunderous slam dunk or beautifully turned double play. I spend too much time reading sabermetric blogs. I also possess a strong curiosity for the business side of sports.

19. I'm suspicious of people who take too long to explain their position. This is why I prefer short conversations or even silence in the car because I'm usually pretty blunt even when I shouldn't be.

20. I prefer avoiding conflict whenever possible. Call me a regular ole Neville Chamberlain. This gets me into trouble because there are times when I need to fight or incur pain to achieve my goals.

21. I avoid cursing as a matter of self-discipline. Also, it's a very good habit for a teacher to practice.

22. I heart Facebook a lot. Before Facebook came along, I was terrible with names. Now I’m pretty good at recalling names thanks to the fact that I can see a picture of someone and associate with their name thanks to photo tags. I read almost every note on my friends list, skimming the meme ones. The majority of my Facebook Info page consists of awesome quotes about my narcissistic self.

23. One of the specific things I love about Facebook is its photo albums feature. One day, I noticed that you could make comments on each photo. From then on, all of my photo albums have a sort of narrative. I admit I feel an irrational squee of happiness when someone uses a photo from one of my albums as their profile picture.

24. I desire a simple life. I still want to get married and have kids some day, even if I doubt that I'll ever get married. My parents and other family members constantly question me on why I don’t have a girlfriend and have never been in a serious relationship. Well…I’m not that serious of a person but I am quite a somber person. No, I don’t bat for the other team and I’m not a switch hitter. Yes, there is a probability, though infinitesimally small, that there is a girl out there who understands me and loves me for who I am.

25. Of all the people I know, my sister has had the greatest influence on my life. She’s smarter than me thanks to her incredible ability to work on the small details. I was overjoyed that she asked me to be her master of ceremonies for her wedding, and I’m proud to say that I nailed it thanks to her hard work. Best wishes and congratulations to you and Bala!
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Spreadin the love meme:

Reply to this and I will list up to three things about you that I love.
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Which Peanuts Character Are You?

You are Schroeder. You are brilliant, ambitious, and brooding; you tackle tasks with extreme focus. People don't always interest you as much as other pursuits, though, so you can come off as aloof.
Find Your Character @ BrainFall.com
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1. What are you afraid of?
Spiders, heights, my own blood. Generally things I don't want to see I subconsciously fear, and those are the first three that come to mind.

2. What's your favorite quote & why?
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible: the fear of failure." This is a line from Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, a book that changed my life. After reading this book, I asked myself what I would do if I didn't fear failure. I found out that I wanted to teach history, and that's what I'm going to do.

3. How would your friends describe you to other people?
Well, I'd check my Favorite Quotes and About Me section on my Facebook, as that's a bunch of quotes that tell you who I am. Given that my friends call me both pessimistic yet charismatic, I suppose my friends as a whole would describe me as a walking mass of contradictions! ^_^

4. Do you have any pet peeves? What are they?
Yes, painfully peppy people. Come to think of it, I also phear painfully peppy people.

5. Do you still talk to your childhood best friend?
Yes, I still talk with a guy that I've known since kindergarten. I don't talk to him regularly due to the fact that he's in seminary school now but we always try to catch up whenever possible. The one time he stopped in for the summer we had a nice chat.

If you'd like me to interview you:

1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, or your favorite kind of sandwich, maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.
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I have much to do today, but it is dull. I would like distractions. So hey, I'll ask you something vaguely memetic to keep me occupied:

Tell me something I need to know.

I'm leaving it purposely vague. Go nuts! ^_^
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After seeing the abundance of memes circulating around LJ, I'm pretty convinced that every meme is a variation on two basic themes:

1) Do you like me? No, really, kiss my butt. Tell me how much you like me. I'll screen the comments if it'll help.

2) If I answer these questions about me that practically nobody cares about, I can kill some time.


Thus, I think I'll try to combine those two themes - the need for ass-kissing and bellybutton-examining time-killing - to come up with an uber-meme that will destroy the universe:

Tell me the strangest thing you've ever liked about me.

Aw, man, I can feel the power of my new meme building right now. It's got everything. It's like Steven Spielberg and George Lucas teaming up to create Raiders of the Lost Meme. Go ahead, tell me - you can fritter away a few of those life-draining moments talking about yourself, and I'll feel full of compliments when you're done. Comments are screened. No, really.

See how amazing this is? It's totally like your peanut butter in my awesome.
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Too busy for a Friday Five poll today. Instead, I took the PersonalDNA thingy and got "Genuine Inventor". Actually, I think it's spot on!


My personalDNA Report correctly states that D2 is a Genuine Inventor
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The rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favourite lyric to your current favourite song. Or, your favourite kind of sandwich. Something random. (Note: Not the best direction, because random is in the eye of the beholder, but whatever. Say something clever)
2. I'll respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. If I already know you well, expect the questions may be a little more intimate.
3. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You WILL include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions, etc. etc.

The questions I got:
1) Political Question: Do the Democrats have any credibility left now that their one rebellious act (pull out of Iraq? Yeah!) against Bush's wishes has completely flopped and now they've decided to be good boys and girls again?
2) TV Question: What would your superpower on Heroes be, pre-existing or new? And if you say eidetic memory like I think you're gonna, what's your second power?
3) Religious Question: As an agnostic, how are you even sure that your (somewhat wavering, no doubt) belief in God is valid and not merely something left over from being raised in your faith? (Basically, why do you believe in God?)
4) Future Question: Tell me, Mayor/Governor/Senator/Congressman Tu: why should we vote for you for president?
5) Environmental Question: Global warming--should we be concerned?

My Answers:
1) My icon answers your question.
2) Sorry, Ford-kouhei, you can't read my mind. My first choice would be Hiro's time manipulation and teleport abilities. My secondary power would be Parkman's power. Not exactly originial, but most of the the good ideas have already been taken.
3) Why I believe God
4) America needs you, Tu!
5) Do we care more about the environment or money?

Monday meme

May. 7th, 2007 02:26 pm
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Normally, I write a huge post on Monday mornings but my trip to Tulsa didn't leave me any time. Instead, I'll play a meme from [livejournal.com profile] fub.

Comment and I will give you 3 interests on your list, and 3 icons,for you to explain. Then you must post the answers in your own journal and allow others to comment.

Now, I'll post my answers to Mr. Fub...

deep conversations
There's one thing that my high school inner circle has in common: We are very fond of sarcasm. While this naturally put us at a distance from most people, with each other we could be brutally honest. And from these conversations I would form many of the philosophies that would later guide me in life. You can only be my friend if I can make fun of you and you can make fun of me. For you see, sarcasm literally means "to tear one's flesh". Once we've stripped away each other's facades, we can't help but have deep conversations with each other.

positive pessimism
Have you ever heard of the power of positive thinking? Well, I equate thinking with pessimism. That is to say, in order to be a true thinker, you have to think on the negative side of things too well. This is probably because I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church, where we're taught to believe in the absolute good. My contrarian nature told me that there had to be another way. I'm still working on it, but basically if you're pessimistic in a negative situation, then you can apply your pessimism in a positive manner.

robotech
Robotech is often considered to merely be a bastardized amalgamation of three separate Japanese animes. And it is. But it's the first anime I ever watched, so it holds a special place in my heart. I'm a sucker for multigenerational stories. Plus, there's a touch of accidental genius in the series that is difficult to pinpoint. I won't say it's the best anime out there, but it is definitely my most favorite.


This is Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion. I use this icon in response to anytime someone uses an icon from Eva. In a more general situation, I use this icon for a post or comment that is Machiavellian in nature.


I've called this icon the "Political Donkey-Elephant". The amazing [livejournal.com profile] renough made this one for me during the 2004 election. At the current time, American politics is controlled by the two-party system. This has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that it pools the best talents under either one of two banners. The disadvantages are that change is difficult to come by because one party will inevitably oppose the viewpoint of the other party. If a third party had a truly revolutionary idea, then it would simply be co-opted by both parties before it could really take off the ground. I use this icon for the vast majority of my posts and comments on American politics.


The idea for this icon is stolen straight from one of the T-shirts that the webcomic 8-bit Theatre sells. It's a play on words for geeks. "Saving" in Dungeons and Dragons terms means preventing damage by rolling high numbers on a dice for defense. Then there's the churchy definition of the term "saving", i.e. converting someone. I use this icon for all of my religious posts and comments.

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